Ofcom has published a second consultation on BBC proposals to control how its HD content is copied.

The consulation asks whether the BBC should be granted a change to its digital licence, allowing it to use content management technology in HD receivers to control the way films and TV shows are copied.

The introduction of the technology would allow unrestricted recordings of the BBC’s and other free to air broadcasters HD content onto digital video recorders.

But it would also allow broadcasters to control the number of times the content can be copied onto, for example Blu-Ray or HD DVDs and its redistribution over the internet.

The BBC argues that this would ensure that rights holders, such as film and TV production companies, have sufficient confidence in the effectiveness of the copy management system on digital terrestrial TV that they will continue to supply it with their content.

The consultation can be found at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/content_mngt/